London's Nova Victoria development includes two office buildings that just won the non-coveted Carbuncle Cup for the UK's ugliest building. Via BD magazine:
According to developer Land Securities’ marketing literature, ‘Nova North and Nova South are two distinct, architecturally daring buildings within the Nova scheme. Together, they create a new landmark business address in London’.
The judges disagreed, describing the building as ‘crass’, ‘over-scaled’ and ‘a hideous mess’ Judge Catherine Croft said, “Nova should have been good as it’s a prestige site. It makes me want to cringe physically. It’s a crass assault on all your senses from the moment you leave the Tube station.”
The project beat out readers' most-hated project, the renovated Battersea Power Station, soon to be surrounded by enormous glass buildings. Architecture critics are shadier than drag queens!
• Carbuncle Cup 2017 winner announced (BD via bustler)
Boat designer Kurth Hughes designed and built this far out home on the Columbia River in central Washington. It’s just 250-square-feet but contains a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and dining nook with a table fashioned from Hughes’s first sailboat. The geodesic dome skylight provides plenty of sunlight and a glorious view of the starry night. (Zillow)
Sydney's annual Vivid festival fills the harbour with barges equipped with powerful projectors that use the buildings ringing the harbour (especially the iconic Sydney Opera House) as geometrically complex screens for projection-mapped lightshows, synchronised to music.
The Atlantic posted a big-picture gallery of unusual homes from around the world. My favorite is this profusely overgrown shack built on top of a high-rise tower in Guanghzhou. The owner has evaded legal service for 10 years. Photo: Reuters / China Daily
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